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Wedding Reportage in Arezzo at the City Hall of intense emotion in the eyes of the spouses during ring exchange

Wedding Reportage in Arezzo at the City Hall | intense emotion in the eyes of the spouses

The intense emotion in the eyes of the spouses was evident in the moment of promises. Nothing could mask the passion between Andrea and Elena as they said their vows and exchanged their wedding rings.

Andrea and Elena have decided to get married in the midst of the pandemic in Italy. Despite the endless restrictions they still decided to celebrate their ceremony. It was a very small ceremony with only 12 people, their respective children, parents and siblings. Even the presence of the opera singer accompanying the ceremony remained pending until the end. Only 15 people were allowed to enter the town hall, and all of them had to wear a mask and keep a safe distance ... even the spouses. All this, however, allowed me to observe the language of the eyes, the only part of the face that could convey emotions. The gazes of the spouses communicated their desire to join in marriage.

City Hall, Arezzo, Italy Wedding Photography in BW of groom tenderly stroking his brides face

City Hall, Arezzo, Italy Wedding Photography in BW | The groom tenderly strokes his bride's face

The groom tenderly strokes his bride's face as he welcomes her outside the town hall. The intimate embrace of his couple proves that their bond will only be strengthened by marriage.

City Hall of Arezzo Italy Wedding Photographer shows bride and groom sharing a few words with one another

City Hall of Arezzo - Italy Wedding Photographers | The bride and groom share a few words with one another

The bride and groom share a few words with one another as they wait to enter the City Hall. In a period of normalcy, photographing the couple alone in this square would have been impossible. In this pandemic period, however, this square is almost always empty.

Italy Wedding Photo from City Hall of Arezzo as couple shares an intense look before starting the ceremony

Italy Wedding Photo from City Hall of Arezzo  | The couple shares an intense look before starting the ceremony

The couple shares an intense look before starting the ceremony. The mask requirements that were in place at the time required them to communicate with their eyes on their wedding day.

Wedding Photo from Arezzo, IT of a Civil Marriage w a small number of family members and friends to witness the ceremony

Wedding Photographer in Arezzo, IT for Civil Marriages | a small number of family members and friends witness the ceremony

Andrea and Elena begin their wedding ceremony in the medieval council chamber of Arezzo. In a period of normalcy, chairs are never enough to hold all the guests. On this day, a small number of family members and friends witness the ceremony from a safe, social distance while wearing face masks.

Italian Wedding Photographer of Civil Marriages shows opera singer who accompanies the ceremony is forced to sing with the mask

Italian Wedding Photographer of Civil Marriages | The opera singer who accompanies the ceremony is forced to sing with the mask

The opera singer who accompanies the ceremony is forced to sing with the mask, despite the safety distance. The music was still beautiful, and it was a symbol of strength that proved this couple would forge on, no matter what challenges they may face together.

Arezzo City Hall Wedding Picture of bride and groom leaving the council chamber as newlyweds

Arezzo City Hall Wedding Pic from Italy | The bride and groom leave the council chamber as newlyweds

The bride and groom leave the council chamber as newlyweds, finally without their masks and smiling. It's a moment that almost feels normal, but the sanitizing gel dispenser next to the door always reminds us of the presence of the ongoing pandemic.

Arezzo City Hall Wedding Celebration Picture of guests throwing rice at the couple after the ceremony

Arezzo City Hall Wedding Celebration Picture | several wedding guests throw rice at the couple after the ceremony

In keeping with tradition, several wedding guests throw rice at the couple after the ceremony. Due to the pandemic, only three people participate, and they stay several feet away in order to practice social distancing.

Il Prato Park, Arezzo Couple wedding image showing the covid masks can be removed

 Il Prato Park, Arezzo Couple Photography | This is a moment in which the masks can be removed

The couple awaits the arrival of their car in the center of the Il Prato Park in Arezzo near the cathedral. This park, like the town square seen above, is never empty in normal times. There are always kids playing, couples walking or people reading lying in the meadows. This is a moment in which the masks can be removed, because they are alone. It is a moment of hope, and a moment that proves there is beauty and peace to be discovered even during the most trying of times.